Earlier this summer, shortly before I filmed the house tour with The Pool which I linked to yesterday, I made a little video with eBay talking about my finds and what I have found there. It was great fun and I think it’s a pretty cool film – you can see it below or go to their facebook page. * Watch out for Her Imperial Highness Princess Enid making an appearance.
Do you ever shop on eBay? I have to say I have found a few stonkingly good bargains there. The new library chairs in the picture above (which came after the filming) were an eBay find. They are vintage 1930s chairs by a Czech designer called Jindrich Halabala. I first saw them in Erica Davies‘ house; she bought a pair of dilapidated ones on the site for about £400 and had them reupholstered in this fabulous leaf print below.
Then I saw that Professor Green bought a pair from a shop in east London called Pure White Lines – we follow each other on twitter and instagram if you’re wondering why I knew that – and so this designer was starting to look like a thing. I looked at the shop above and saw they had lots of them but they were £750 each and that was a little too much. But by this time I had discovered the name of the designer – Jindrich Halabala. A Czech who believed in functional and affordable furniture and who was the chief designer at United Arts and Crafts Manufacture in Brno, he pioneered the industrial manufacture of furniture during the 1930s. HIs work is becoming increasingly sought after now and you can pay a fortune for his chairs (note mine are slightly different from Erica’s) on 1st Dibs but you can still find them on eBay if you hunt about.
Which I did. And I found a pair of newly reupholstered ones being sold by a lovely Hungarian woman who had bought four, upholstered them all and decided to sell two of them on. I picked up the pair for £750. I KNOW.
I also bought my kitchen stools from there for £60 and a clock for the kitchen by Dieter Rams for Braun – you can see that one in the clip below. So obviously as I have just made an advert for them I would say that eBay is great but you know what? I think it is. I haven’t even mentioned the vintage Marni handbag that found its way into my cart last month.